OF THE ENGLISH TODAY
Until recently French was the most important language in the world,
but in the last few years English has become the most important language in many fields, particularly business. In fact, 80
% of all information stored on computer systems is in English.
This means that almost every person in the business world needs
to know some English, not only for working with the English-speaking world (Britain, North America, Australia,
etc.) but also for working with many countries where English is not the official language (Germany, Japan, etc).
Teaching and learning English has now become a huge industry, as
businesses decide that their staff must learn English.
What can businesses that wish to train their staff in English do?
Probably the best way for anyone to learn English is to spend some time in an English–speaking country. But of course,
this is not always possible.
When this is not possible, staff can be sent to language schools,
which offer a variety of options. One-to-one classes, for example, are particularly good for more advanced students and small
classes (6 to 12 students) for beginners are a good idea.
If students are particularly motivated, many schools offer the
possibility of self-access, where students can choose books and tapes to help them work on their own.
1.- Write a list of
the words you don’t know in the reading on pages 168, 169.
2.- Write the underlined
words on the left column and try to guess their meanings by context. Write your guess in the column on the right and check
if you guessed correctly using your dictionary.
1. Particularly _________________________
2. Stored _________________________
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3.- Re-read the text
on pages 168, 169 and check TRUE (T) or FALSE (F).
a) French is the most important language in the world. ( )
b) English has become the most important language. ( )
c) The information in computer systems is mostly in Latin. ( )
d) Not everybody needs to know English in the business world. ( )
e) Learning English is very important for employees in many companies. ( )
f) Going to English-speaking countries is the best way to learn
4.- Complete the sentences
with the phrases in the box:
needs to know some English
a) French was the most important language
b) English has become the most important language
c) Every person in the business world
d) Teaching and learning English has become
e) Businesses decide that their staff
Answer the following questions.
a) Why has English become the most important language in the world?
b) What is the most widely used language in the business world, English or French?
c) What is the ideal way to learn English?
d) What are some of the options offered by language schools to people who want to
learn English in their country?
e) What kind of courses are suitable for beginners?
f) What is self-access training?